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VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says 589,000 Caddy vehicles may be fitted with a damaged pin that holds on the gas-pressure dampers that slow the closing of the rear hatch-type door. If the pin becomes detached, the company says the door can fall unexpectedly.    

Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

A Look At The World's First Secure Smartphone

February 26, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

New cutting-edge technology could help you reclaim the security of your smartphone. Chip Reid reports on the Blackphone, which runs on a customized operating system that is entirely encrypted.                 

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EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 2:01 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for tougher anti-smoking rules that will make health warnings on cigarette packs larger and include mandatory pictures of rotting teeth or cancer-infested lungs.              

Republicans Blast FDA Monitoring Of Whistleblowers

February 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.        

U.S. Safety Agency Likely Probing GM Recall Response

February 26, 2014 1:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.

GM Adds 588,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 26, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes. The company says it's adding Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007, and Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

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Cigarette Maker Lorillard Bans Animal Testing

February 25, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. has banned animal testing following discussions with an animal rights group that has raised concerns over industry studies in which animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke, eat tobacco, and have cigarette tar painted on their skin.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

Chevy Believes Pinched Wire Caused Pace Car Fire

February 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevy unveiled its latest pace car lineup Thursday, the same day it said a pinched wire likely caused a trunk fire in the Chevrolet SS pace car during the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona on Saturday.            

EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

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9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

Porsche Tells 911 GT3 Owners To Stop Driving Them

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership for inspection.       

N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.              

Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.            

NASCAR Automotive Tech: Future Safety Advancements

February 20, 2014 9:37 am | by NASCAR | Videos | Comments

Engineers at NASCAR discuss the newest trends in automotive racing safety, including updates to safety nets and a redesigned windshield.                                 

1,800 Golf Carts Recalled Due To Safety Risk

February 18, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that various sizes, models, and colors of its 2012 Precedent 12 golf and transport vehicles are being recalled. The hip restraint on the passenger side of these vehicles can fracture, which puts passengers at risk for a fall.

Chevrolet Assessing Pace Car Fire At Daytona

February 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The fire in the pace car started right before the third segment of the Sprint Unlimited race. Flames could be seen shooting from the rear of the car as it sat on the apron. A replacement pace car was brought out to finish the race.      

China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.                      

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.                

Report: Engines Failed On Helicopter That Hit Pub

February 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.                         

U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

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